WWETAC: Who We Are
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E-mail: ngrulke [at] fs.fed.us
Nancy Grulke is the Director of WWETAC, located in Prineville, OR. Nancy has been a research scientist for the Forest Service since 1988 at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, and joined WWETAC and the Pacific Northwest Research Station in August, 2010. Her research focuses on the interactive effects of elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on tree carbon and water balance, and defining and remotely detecting the physiological threshold at which yellow pine becomes susceptible to bark beetle attack. From 1991 to 1997, she was a science coordinator for the Pacific Northwest & Pacific Southwest Research Stations’ Climate Change Program in Corvallis, OR, and has held academic appointments at University of Colorado (INSTAAR), Montana State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and Oregon State University. She received her undergraduate degree in ecology at Duke University and a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Washington.
Alan A. Ager
E-mail: aager [at] fs.fed.us
Alan Ager is an operations research analyst. He received a Ph.D. in forest genetics at the University of Washington, M.S. in plant genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and B.S. in forest science and forest management from the University of Washington. Alan has worked on a wide range of research and management projects since starting with the Forest Service in 1987. His current interests include stress detection in forest trees, spatial modeling of wildfire, risk analysis, and a variety of operations research problems related to forest management.
nvaillant [at] fs.fed.us
Nicole Vaillant is a fire ecologist at the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and has worked for the Forest Service since 2001. She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in evolution and ecology from the University of California, Davis. While at Berkeley, her research involved stand level fuel treatment effectiveness, landscape scale strategic fuel treatment planning and effectiveness, and fire history. Prior to coming to the Center Nicole worked as a seasonal wildland fire fighter, including a season with the Redding Hotshots, and was a fire ecologist with Adaptive Management Services Enterprise Team. Her current interests include characterizing fire behavior at multiple scales, fuel treatment effectiveness, and risk analysis.
A. Paige Fischer
paigefischer [at] fs.fed.us
A. Paige Fischer is a research social scientist with the Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center and Pacific Northwest Research Station of the US Forest Service. Paige’s research interests include cultural and sociological influences on how people, particularly private landowners, perceive and address environmental problems such as biodiversity loss, wildfire risk and climate change. She also studies how to use qualitative sociological data to inform policy development. Paige received her B.A. in anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and M.S. and Ph.D. from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
E-mail: lbalduman [at] fs.fed.us
Lisa Balduman works as a technical information specialist for WWETAC. She received her M.S. degree from Oregon State University's Forest Science Department after completing a project studying the genetics of cold hardiness in coastal Douglas fir. She has worked for the Forest Service in various capacities since 1990. Lisa maintains the WWETAC web site and the project and reference databases.
E-mail: jhicke [at] uidaho.edu
Jeff Hicke is a visiting scientist at WWETAC and an assistant professor of geography and environmental science at the University of Idaho. He studies global environmental change issues across a range of spatial and temporal scales. In particular, Jeff's research addresses the interaction of climate, forests, and disturbances such as wildfire and insect outbreaks. Jeff received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and held a research scientist position at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University before coming to UI in August 2006.
Charles "Terry" Shaw, Retired
E-mail: charlesgshaw[at] fs.fed.us
Phone: 541-416- 6600
Charles G. "Terry" Shaw was formerly chief scientist and director of WWETAC. Prior to coming to the Center Terry was the national program lead for forest pathology research in the Forest Service Washington Office. Terry has had a long career as a scientist and project manager in Alaska and Colorado and has served in many capacities, including the science review team leader for the Tongass National Forest plan. Terry’s field of expertise include Armillaria root disease, dwarf mistletoes, and forest pest modeling/risk assessment. Terry graduated from Oregon State University in 1974 with a Ph.D. in plant pathology and spent time with the research arm of the New Zealand Forest Service.